Walker signed a seven-year contract extension back in 2002 worth over $11
million with a $4 million signing bonus. He was originally drafted by the
Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2000 draft but was waived after one
game during the regular season and then was claimed by Philadelphia.
Walker won a starting job during training camp in 2002 and was a starter ever
since. However, his play dropped off in 2006--so much so that the team signed
veteran DT Montae Reagor to replace him.
Reagor, 2006 first-round pick Brodrick Bunkley, and 2005 first-round pick Mike Patterson will make up the top of the rotation at the position. Bunkley's performance
last season was a disappointment for the team and he got off to a slow start
after missing all of training camp. The team is also very high on second-year DT
LaJuan Ramsey who should be part of the rotation this season.
Spikes was once one of the better outside linebackers in the NFL and only missed
one game in his first seven seasons. However, he missed the final 13 games of
the 2005 due to a torn Achilles and he missed four games last season due to
injury. Spikes is likely to play at SLB, where the struggling Dhani Jones
currently resides. Jones could be on his way out because the team wants to get a
good look at second-year OLB Chris Gocong, who missed all of his rookie season
due to a neck injury.
Holcomb will take over the third spot on the depth chart at quarterback for the
As an interesting aside, scout.com has learned Buffalo has a pre-draft visit coming up with Louisville DT Amobi Okoye. It's not known yet whether the acquisition of Walker will result in the team canceling Okoye's visit.
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